Lead: In the spring of 1862, a young artist, Winslow Homer, returned to illustrate the story of the Army of the Potomac – and thus began one of the most illustrious art careers in American history.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In April 1862 Union General George McClellan finally began to the Army of the Potomac. His plan was to march his army up the Virginia Peninsula and capture Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. Anticipating a great decisive battle, leading illustrators as Alfred and William Waud, Thomas Nast, and Winslow Homer traveled with the army, hoping to record the drama of a major military engagement. McClellan had not changed, however. Nearly always erring on the side of caution, he brought a whole new meaning to the word prudence. He overestimated the strength of the Confederate forces and moved very slowly. As McClellan spent a wasted month besieging tiny Yorktown, Winslow Homer, got busy. He began to send a stream of brilliant war illustrations back to Harper’s Weekly in New York. He did sketches and drawings of camp life, skirmishes, and sharpshooters at work.

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